Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir heads one of Africa's biggest and potentially richest nations.He was born into a peasant family in the small village of Hosh Bannaga, 150 kilometres north of the capital Khartoum. As a young man he later joined the army and quickly vaulted to the top of the command structure. He studied at military college in Cairo where he also became a crack paratrooper, later serving with the Egyptian army in the 1973 war against Israel.
With a population of 30 million and a land that stretches from the
Over two thousand years ago the ancient Egyptians knew
"We will work with the UN as we have a lot of work with the UN, but this does not mean that we accept this resolution as it is a resolution that will return colonialism to Sudan," President Bashir
"The focus should be on implementing the [Abuja] agreement, and we do not accept the referral of the AU mission to UN Troops." President Bashir
Ex-Janjaweed fighter story
Ex Janjaweed fighter currently residing in London has told the BBC's Newsnight programme that the Janjaweed don't make decisions. The orders come from the government in Khartoum for the activities undertaken by the Janjaweed in the Darfur region, which included killings and rape. Most of the Victims are civilians, women and children. There are many rapes he recalls. But they don't do it in front of others. They take the victim away and rape them.